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Israel, the anger of the Italian tourists: Treated like lepers
TEL AVIV - "A guy with the mask is just came to bring me dinner and keep to the metres away, it is really unpleasant. We feel the victims of the plague". Margherita, tourist thirty 80 years, is on holiday with a group of about ten older people in the south of Israel. When the news of an israeli citizen positive for the coronavirus after returning from Italy a few days ago, the trip turned into a nightmare. “In the evening, we arrived at a kibbutz in the Negev desert and the hoteliers have started to say that we would be welcomed because of the coronavirus despite we had booked,” he says. “Only after that the tour operator has them threatened saying that they would have incurred penalties, and after a long wait on the bus, a lady with a brusque, came to meet us one-to-one with the mask, relegandoci in the rooms without the possibility of exit. Have the opposite a resistance very hard, was very unpleasant.”

Sources Italian diplomatic say in the Republic that this is not the only case, and the embassy in Tel Aviv “gets a lot of calls of people who have difficulty finding accommodation and who have undergone “hostile attitudes.”

By yesterday afternoon, the israeli Health ministry has issued a series of press releases contradictory as to the fate of those who arrived in the country from Italy. First it seemed that the quarantine domestic touch to all those who had returned from Italy in the last two weeks, and then only the ones coming from today. But the news of the lord tested positive for the corona virus in Israel after returning from Milan on a flight El-Al on Sunday, 23 has made it pass the hard line. Fourteen days of quarantine is absolute for anyone who arrived after the 13th of February, up to the age of two weeks from the date of arrival in Israel. And especially close to the arrival of all non-israelis from the territory of italy. Dozens of italians were rejected at the border while the airline El-Al has decided to stop the flights. It is not clear what they want to do the other airlines, from Easyjet to Ryanair, while on Twitter a passenger that he had to leave with Alitalia complains of not having received the refund of the ticket.

The Italian tourism in Israel has grown enormously in recent years, thanks in part to the “Open Skies agreement” with the european Union, after which began the low-cost connections. In 2018, have landed more than 150,000 people from our country: only 5 countries in the world have arrived and more tourists from Italy. In 2019 the numbers are gone, still growing. It is therefore almost certainly at least in the order of hundreds, the number of Italian tourists that currently is in a difficult situation in Israel. How to follow the obligation of the law of quarantine of the home up to 14 days if Israel does not have a home? And where to go, if many of the hotels start to not accept italians? “Many hotels do not want to take Italian, they claim to be full,” says Rebecca Treves of the travel agency for italians in Israel's “Secret Gardens". “All trips in the entry are deleted, but you don't know what to do with the people that are already here,” he says.

it is Not only the Italian tourists at the expense of the coronavirus. On Monday, the Country back at the voting for the third time this year, and as is the tradition, the political parties organize the evenings at its premises, with points print. But who among the Italian journalists have requested accreditation to attend the evening party, and election of the Likud, the party of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has seen his request denied. “There is the coronavirus, we do not accept journalists from Italy for security reasons".

"The Republic will fight always in defense of the freedom of information, to its readers and to all those who have at heart the principles of democracy and civil coexistence"

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